Canadian Atlas reader Norman helped scout locations in Canada for an appropriate memorial to Aqsa Parvez near where she lived. It was Norman who suggested "an arboretum on the grounds of the University of Guelph. The more I see of it - the more I love it. His wife collected some of the pictures she has taken at the Arboretum and posted them to a blog.
Do I think it's vile that she lies in an unmarked grave and obstacles were thrown in our way at every turn by the family? Yes, I do.
Do I think this is a better and more fitting tribute to a young girl viciously murdered for refusing to subjugate herself to the soul crushing misogyny of Islam? Yes. Yes, I do.
Several features of The Arboretum include:
2) Free from pesticides, the shrub roses in the Frances Ball Rose Garden continue to bloom.
3) The Leslie Hancock Memorial Rhododendron Collection is in bloom during May and June.
5) Maple, Oak and Pine collections feature a wide range of species from the northern hemisphere.
6) Wildlife friendly is the theme of the Gosling Wildlife Gardens.
7) The Wall-Custance Memorial Forest offers a living legacy of beauty for lost loved ones.
8) A peaceful Zen garden awaits visitors to the David G. Porter Memorial Japanese Garden.
9) In the Edna and Frank C. Miller English Garden you are greeted by two perennial flower beds.
Development of the University of Guelph Arboretum began in 1970 when the Board of Governors approved a master plan that dedicated 330 acres of campus property to provide a living laboratory for research and teaching at U of G and an important resource for the community and the province.
With a mandate to promote education, research and outreach, the Arboretum currently includes almost every tree and shrub indigenous to southern Ontario (more than 1,700 different kinds) in an area covering 165 hectares (408 acres). The grounds are open to the public year-round, and include more than 8 km of nature trails, ideal for walking or jogging.
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